A cracked tooth is usually caused by trauma -- from biting down on something hard to receiving a blow to the face. Tooth decay can also weaken a tooth, eventually causing it to crack. Sometimes a cracked tooth may cause a toothache or jaw pain; other times it may lead to tooth sensitivity.
HOW IS CRACKED TEETH DIAGNOSED?
Dentists diagnose cracked tooth through physical examination. In case you have been in an accident or have a dental cavity that has caused cracked tooth, the dentist may order for a dental X-ray to examine the damage
HOW IS CRACKED TEETH TREATED?
Some cracks continue to be present even after treatment. A cracked tooth is treated based on the type of crack present on the tooth. Cracks that extend beyond the gum line are not treatable. Root canal treatment followed by crown placement prevents further cracking. Split tooth can be treated through endodontic treatment to save the remaining portion of teeth
DID YOU KNOW?
Extensive cracks can lead to infection of the pulp tissue, which can spread to the bone and gum surrounding the tooth.